War in Ukraine, live: Joe Biden promises “quick and severe additional economic measures” in the event of annexation of territories by Russia

[Vladimir] Putin found himself in a really difficult and dramatic situation”, explained Thursday evening on public television Rai Silvio Berlusconi, the boss of Forza Italia (right), who is running for the legislative elections on Sunday in a coalition with two far-right parties, Fratelli d’Italia, of Giorgia Meloni, and the League, by Matteo Salvini. These three formations should win the elections, according to the polls.

“A mission from the two pro-Russian republics of Donbass went to Moscow, spoke with everyone, the radios, the press, television, with people from the party [de Vladimir Poutine], the ministers of the party, and then went to see him in delegation to tell him: “Zelensky has intensified the attacks of the Ukrainian forces against our forces on our borders. We are now at 16,000 dead. Please stand up for us, because if you don’t we don’t know what’s going to happen.”he developed.

According to him, Vladimir Putin was then “pushed by the Russian people, by their party, by their ministers, to start this ‘special operation’, that’s what it was originally called, according to which Russian troops were to enter and within a week reach kyiv , replace the Zelensky government with a government of decent people and in a week start again”.

His remarks sparked an outcry, and Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday that they had been “simplified”evoking a war “unjustifiable”. “We are and will always be on the side of Europe, the United States, the West, the Atlantic Alliance”he assured on Instagram.

The leader of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, given second place in the legislative elections behind Giorgia Meloni, castigated “scandalous and serious statements”. On Twitter, Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade, chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly in France, accused Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini of being “Putin’s puppets”. “The consequences of this Sunday’s elections in Italy will go beyond the borders of the Peninsula. It is the unity of Europe against Russia that is also at stake”he estimated.

For the Vice-President of the European Parliamentthe Italian Pina Picierno (Democratic Party), Silvio Berlusconi “throws off the Atlanticist and European mask and shows the true face of the Italian right: enemy of freedom, friend of autocrats”. Spanish Socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez has for its part denounced “shocking words”.

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